New Monthly Column with CrimeReads.com

CrimeReads.com is based in lower Manhattan in New York City, which means the staff is working from home and trying to avoid the Corona Virus. But living at the epicenter of the virus, well, their staff is not immune and some are now quarantined.

So they’re a bit short-staffed at the moment. What that means is my new column, scheduled to launch today, will launch next Thursday. If you’re reading this, you can still read my piece today. Just visit my website and click on “Famous Authors.” Or better yet, just click here.

So far I have finished five pieces: four on my website and a piece on Tess Gerritsen, who is scheduled for May. I’m still writing Randy Wayne White, Gayle Lynds and Scott Turow.  Lots going on, just a week later than expected.

Randy Wayne White’s Gift Keeps Giving

I was sitting in Doc Ford’s restaurant on Sanibel Island talking to the man himself, well, his alter ego: NYT bestselling novelist Randy Wayne White. Randy is best known for his Doc Ford series about a marine biologist and former government agent who lives on Sanibel and always seems to find trouble, or it finds him. Think of Indiana Jones, but on the bays and backwaters of Florida, the Caribbean and South America.

Interviewing Randy in his own restaurant is a feat in and of its own. For two hours we were repeatedly interrupted by loving fans seeking autographed copies of his books, which his restaurants (there are three, soon to be four), are more than happy to sell. And Randy, a true gentleman who admits to a sailor’s vocabulary (although I never heard it) was more than willing to oblige his fans.

There’s a lot more to Randy Wayne White than books and fans, like the work he’s done to help kids and refugees in Cuba. He’s a big man with a big heart. Read more about him in my future column on crimereads.com in the coming months. In the meantime, check out this documentary, “Gift of the Game,” about Randy’s effort to help Cuban children play baseball and to meet Ernest Hemingway’s original boy’s team on the island.

Check Out The Big Thrill Magazine for James Grippando’s New Novel

My story about James Grippando’s new legal thriller appears in this month’s The Big Thrill magazine. Here’s how it begins:

Let’s face it, no matter what side of the fence you’re on, American politics doesn’t get any zanier than it is right now. That, of course, begs the question, what is a political thriller writer to do? How can fiction possibly top our current political reality?

And if that’s not bad enough, think about all of the people who are so emotionally exhausted from the daily barrage of politics, they’re now tuning out—many of them potential readers of political thrillers.

James Grippando, who writes legal thrillers that sometimes bleed over into the realm of political thriller, says he’s taken the advice of a former book editor: “Don’t get into the ‘can you top this’ category.” Instead, he says, “You’ve got to get into the human element and not go for the shock value.”

Grippando’s new novel, THE BIG LIE—the 16th in his Jack Swyteck series—is actually a legal thriller wrapped in the political setting of a presidential election.

Click here to read the entire article.